Court docs: Four-year-old suffered blunt force trauma over his entire body

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)-An Indianapolis man faces a number of charges, including murder after he admitted to repeatedly beating his four-year-old son.

24-Hour News 8 dug deeper into the court documents charging Dennis Price with the horrific crime.

“It’s heartbreaking and I don’t understand how a person can do something like that,” said Sallie Hendon of Indianapolis.

Hendon reacted to getting the news about her young neighbor, Derick Jones. Saturday night, police found the four-year-old severely beaten inside a home.

“It sorta broke my heart because when they had him in the ambulance they were trying to revive him,” Hendon said.

Jones died at IU Health Methodist Hospital. Court documents reveal the little boy suffered a number of blunt force traumatic injuries over his entire body. According to the probable cause, another child in the house said Jones was in trouble for lying. Investigators said 29-year-old Price admitted to repeatedly whipping and punching his son over several days before he died.

“I believe that it’s un-called for. It was over; way over the limits. He should have never touched that baby in the first place,” said Demetra Abel of Indianapolis.

Court documents show Price later gave Jones Ibuprofen in an attempt to reduce swelling to his face. But then fearing an overdose, investigators said Price admitted to putting charcoal in a cup of water to get his son to vomit the pain medicine.

“It has to be a very sick person that would do something like that; it’s a horrible situation,” Hendon said.

Keith Ervin, Senior said he has a four-year-old son. He gasped hearing the details of the crime.

“I never knew we had people like that living over in this neighborhood,” Ervin said.

“He’s a monster, he needs to get what he got coming,” said Abel.

A private funeral for Derick Jones will be held this Saturday at noon. The family is asking people to remember them in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

The “Derick Jones Memorial Fund” has been set up at any PNC Bank. There is also a GoFundMe site for “Remembering Derick Jones”. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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